Long time Oakland Raiders' fan Kathy Samoun, a big advocate for the fight against violence at sporting venues across the nation, and even the planet, was inspired to bring Fans Against Violence, or FAV, to life last year.
Following the Battle of the Bay game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Raiders during last summer's preseason game in which a number of brutal fights occurred and two men were shot and critically wounded, Samoun felt she had to "do something."
Fans Against Violence aims to "improve and enhance game day experiences at professional sports venues across the United States," and already she has had strong support from several current and former players, well known celebrities and the Oakland Raiders' organization as a whole.
Unfortunately, violent acts continue, the latest occurring on August 17 when an Oakland Raiders fan was shot in the face by an Arizona Cardinals fan in a parking lot outside the teams' preseason game in Glendale.
In light of this, Phoenix-area booster clubs came to Samoun and Fans Against Violence to ask how they could help her cause. They suggested a fundraising event that would benefit the organization and its mission to end violence at sporting events.
FAV responded by helping to organize this fun and friendly event that will pair Raiders' fans and Cardinals' fans who will work together to support the effort against violence at sporting venues everywhere.
On September 1 at Catalina Sports Bar & Grill on North 16th Street in Phoenix, the Phoenix chapter of the Oakland Raiders' Soldiers Booster Club and the Phoenician Raiders' Booster Club will team up with Arizona Cardinals' fans in the car wash and fundraiser.
The event will include an auction, music and a raffle, with former Raiders' wide receiver Dokie Williams making a special guest appearance. Raiders' current linebacker Aaron Curry has generously donated autographed items and Raiders tickets for the raffle.
Fans Against Violence is a much needed organization working toward a very good cause for sports and fans all over the world. There is hope that one day this effort will serve to end violence and "take back the stands," for true fans everywhere.